How to make Clean Eating Manageable

I'm a firm believer in the ideal, when you know better, you do better, and this rings especially true when it comes to home economics and clean eating systems. No one wakes up one day a gourmet chef, but after a rather long run of trial and errors.

When first tackling a lifestyle change, such as a vegan or gluten free diet, it can be a daunting task that debilitates you before you even get that can of chickpea's open. Being successful in a lifestyle change takes consistent effort, support from those living with or in your life, and a clear reason within yourself as to why you want to make the change.

The following are my top three ways to make Clean Eating manageable for any budget or taste profile. Let me know what you think and if you have any other suggestions for this list, add them to the comments below!

  1. Menu Planning- Make a menu, shop for the menu and STICK to the menu. This one simple tactic will save you time, money and sanity-I swear! I take one day each week (usually Sunday) where I meal prep for the week ahead. Sometimes that means making a bunch of chicken breast in the slowcooker, browning meat for weeknight meals, or make double batches of soups, stews and casseroles for the freezer. This simple practice is not always easy to start implementing, but once you start seeing the rewards from your efforts, it will all make it easier to stick to.
  2. BFF Bake Day - This is one of my favourite ways to stay healthy-drag your besties into this life with you! Go shopping for your favourite meals, split the bill and head home to make some big batch meals, desserts, cookies, cakes-whatever you and your besties tastebuds desire!

  3. All Hands on Deck! - Don't let any spare set of hands go to waste on a cook day. Involve the kids, friends heck we have even had the neighbours help out (by watching the kids) to get the job done. All little Chef's have to start somewhere, get your kids doing safe prep like dishes, peeling, some chopping and grating to ease the workload and encourage food knowledge.